Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To coming to the rescue. The Fulton County Salvation Army faced a logistical problem this Christmas season — a 100 percent increase in requests for toys for children, but no place to store and package the gifts. However, the Knights of Columbus Council 265 stepped up and donated space. This year’s request for toys came from 165 families, including 428 children — compared with 85 and 179 respectively last year.

CHEERS — To getting into shape. The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is “in the best financial shape” it has been in in many years, said Board Finance Committee Chairman Ronald Olinsky. The organization admitted in 2012 that it was in bad fiscal shape — partly due to a $3 million controversial bonuses by former employees.  Praises were handed out to current President and CEO Ron Peters who helped turn things around. Sadly missed going forward will be Chairman of the Board Dusty Swanger who is ending his maximum second 3-year term on the board and Chris Curro who is relocating. This team is deserving of recognition as they strive to regionalize growth in the area.

CHEERS — To volunteerism. Area organizations and student athletes from Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville school district on Dec. 15 helped Toys for Tots unload a tractor-trailer filled with about 15,000 toys when it made a special delivery to the Ambulance Service of Fulton County. The toys will help hundreds of families have a merry Christmas.

CHEERS — To retirement — sort of. Gloversville Police Capt. Mike Jory retired last Saturday after 22 years of service to the department. Police Chief Marc Porter praised Jory for his service. However, Jory’s career is not over — he’ll soon begin a new job as chief of police for the Herkimer Police Department.

CHEERS — Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Dec. 15 approved a new course fee that will allow students access to an online textbook system. The plan is part of the college’s efforts to lower the costs of course materials to help student stay in school. The program will allow students to access digital and printable files through a management system called Blackboard. The fee is $10 per course registration.